Where did the year go?

I don’t know if it’s the whole getting older thing — but I feel like I blinked and 2014 is coming to an end in a few hours.

I started doing a yearly bucket list in 2013, and I must admit I didn’t do as well in 2014. I feel like I did better than what I expected, lots of firsts and travel.

1.    Complete my 10K run in an hour.

Well, my 10K was cancelled, But, that didn’t stop me — I participated in Neon Run 5K  and my first Mudderella run — definitely wasnt prepared for it. I am looking forward to doing it again next year! 

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2.    Go to a cigar bar.

For some reason this never happened. I did go to a Pisco Bar. Yum, pisco. 

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3.    Visit the Empire State Building.

Yup, it did not happen. I need to be a tourist in my own hometown. I went to see my first soccer (oops, I mean futbol) game (Brasil vs Ecuador) at MetLife Stadium, and I may or may not have bought a team t-shirt. bonus: my World Cup Eye Candy post here 

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4.    Ride a bike over the Cooper River Bridge in Charleston, SC

I did go to Charleston (loved it!), but I didn’t ride my bike over the bridge. I did take a selfie in a cotton field though. 

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5.    See the Grand Canyon.

Didn’t see the Grand Canyon. But, I did see the Hoover Dam, and survived Vegas in June. 

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6.    Submit a research grant proposal.

Grant in progress. I am half way done. That counts right?  bonus photo, because it’s funny — my sister and I went on this rollercoaster in Hershey Park. Her face is priceless!

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7.    Complete a class on Coursera.

I started one, and never finished it. I guess I was too preoccupied. I enrolled in Espanol classes finally.  I’m once step closer to reading Marquez in Spanish. 

 8.    Have afternoon tea.

Yes! I went for my birthday this year @ Alice’s Tea Cup. Great fun with my nearest and dearest 🙂 

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9.    Read the Bible. The whole thing, not just certain sections.

Another failed attempt. A lot harder to get through than I expected. I did deepen my relationship with God in other ways. I also purified my sins at the Totumo Mud Volcano in Colombia 

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10.    Use my passport.

Finally! Colombia — my first time in South America, and certainly not my last. And I will add stamps every year, that’s my plan. 

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Cheers to 2015!! Stay tuned 🙂

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newbie view of the surprisingly fascinating world of conventions

So, I’m a newbie to the whole convention circuit. But, I have decided that I prefer certain conventions to others, and I have my reasons, and I figured I’d share for my minimal readership. ;o)

So far, my favorite convention overall has been Monster Mania. I don’t know it just feels more intimate without costing too much, and even if I am spending money, I don’t mind to give the admission fee to the guy who runs the show, Dave Hagan, he is very appreciative. I like that. I don’t feel like I’m being scammed, like Fangoria, with their gold packages, preferred packages, etc… it seems like everything has a price tag, and I doubt it is pretty dictated by the guests that are there. For example, the exclusive cocktail party with James Marsters that I attended recently, and while the experience was worth more than anything (I may write a separate blog entry about that!) , I can’t help but think, damn, Fangoria, you guys couldn’t spring for a few cocktail franks and some cheese, and maybe a glass of wine. Also, what is the deal with Fangoria, I should say, Creation Entertainment‘s service fees? It’s a bit ridiculous. I have decided that I will probably not attend anything “Creation Entertainment” related for a while. I know I will cave in eventually, because I want to go to one of their Salute to Supernatural events, so my attraction to Jensen and Jared will get the best of me.

Then, there’s the New York Comic Con, which makes me happy, and I am hoping to go to San Diego Comic Con one day in the near future. My only complaint how unorganized the con is!  They need a librarian (hint! hint!) to organize that place, it is too crowded, and too disorganized for my liking. The panels are a mess, and the lines are crazy long.

ooo, I almost forgot about my first convention, Big Apple Con – meeting has-been wrestlers, and waiting on a long line to take a pic with Hayden Panetierre, which we ended up getting for free!

Lastly, I’d like to go to Dragon*Con, this seems like the mecca of pop culture/sci-fi/media stuff, and it takes place in Atlanta, GA. Hey, I have always wanted to chicken and waffles, a road trip to GA may be in my future.

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